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What is a comprehensive epilepsy center 
  • Get evaluated by a comprehensive team of Epilepsy Specialists 
  • A Center of Excellence containing every possible component to diagnose and manage epilepsy or new seizures 
  • State of the art neurology clinic with satellite options in Wethersfield and Enfield
  • Outpatient Neurodiagnostic studies (routine and ambulatory EEG) to accommodate any patients schedule and/or needs
  • Hartford's Comprehensive Epilepsy Center contains six bed inpatient epilepsy monitoring unit referred to as the EMU contains specialized video-eeg monitoring equipment which is essential to accurate seizure diagnosis

What is Epilepsy?

A seizure happens when there are certain types of abnormal electrical activity in the brain. When two or more seizures occur, it is considered a seizure disorder (epilepsy).

Watch this video to learn more about epilepsy. Dr. Erica Shuyler, WTNH Health News, Dec. 2, 2014

What are the Symptoms?

One in ten adults will have a seizure sometime during their life. People with epilepsy have a tendency for their brain to generate multiple unpredictable seizures.

Seizures can present with a wide variety of symptoms, not just convulsions. Some of these symptoms may not always be obvious as a seizure and can be easily misinterpreted or overlooked:

  • Passing out
  • Staring spells
  • Episodes of lost time
  • Episodes of confusion
  • Involuntary movements
  • Funny feelings or perceptions, such as rising in the stomach or déjà vu

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Watch this video to learn more about epilepsy and pregnancy. Dr. Erica Shuyler, WTNH Health News, Dec. 2, 2014

Why is Treating Epilepsy so Critical?

Epilepsy is the fourth leading neurological disorder in the US, after migraine, stroke and Alzheimer’s disease.

There are more than 60,000 people in Connecticut diagnosed with epilepsy - and thousands more who remain undiagnosed. Or not effectively treated.

Seizures can lead to accidental injury, decreased quality of life and can even be life threatening. Having unpredictable seizures can make it impossible to drive, to work or to participate fully in everyday activities.

Making a correct diagnosis and stopping seizures will improve quality of life and may make it possible to participate fully again.

We understand how having epilepsy affects patients and their families. It is our priority to treat the whole patient. 

How can I become seizure free?
  • See a seizure specialist (epileptologist) in our Neurology Clinic
  • You choose which location (Hartford Hospital, Enfield, Wethersfield)
  • Have a thorough evaluation of past diagnostics, consultations, and medications
  • Have a epilepsy expert guide you in becoming seizure free

Why do I need a comprehensive evaluation?
  • Confirming the diagnosis of epilepsy vs. other conditions
  • Obtaining a second opinion by a epilepsy specialist related to epilepsy management 
  • Adjust medications under the supervision of our comprehensive epilepsy team
  • Treatment options for medically intractable epilepsy (epilepsy that is still not being controlled well with medications.)
  • Medication reconciliation (evaluate what medications are appropriate)
  • Vagal nerve stimulator implantation
  • Other surgical options 
  • Out patient diagnostics (routine EEG, Extended EEG, or Ambulatory EEG)
  • Have your diagnostics read by a epilepsy trained doctor 
  • Scheduling options which accommodate any patients needs
Why should I choose Hartford Hospitals Comprehensive Epilepsy Center?
  • Have a epilepsy specialist review your medical records, see you in our comprehensive epilepsy clinic, and develop a effective plan to stop your seizures
  • Be confident in a comprehensive center with contains any service that you will need to manage your epilepsy
  • Become a part of our team where your voice is heard and play a key role in your care. 
  • Experience a staff who are ambassadors of Hartford Hospitals core values: Caring, Safety, excellence, and integrity
  • Help us achieve our mission statement “no seizures, no side effects”

How do I schedule a appointment?
  • Discuss a referral with your neurologist or primary care doctor
  • Referral options to the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center
  • Fill the referral form online www.harthosp.org/epilepsy/consultation
  • Print the PDF document and fax to our secretary at 860.545.5003
  • Call our Comprehensive Epilepsy Clinic at 860-545-3621 extension #5 and speak to our secretary with regards to a referral by phone.